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  1. Re: Does this exist? Imagine TdH, but soapy instead of cedar & vetiver

    Let us know about the MOLECULE 01 + MANDARIN. Caught my eye and want some honest feedback.

    Have mixed but mostly good feelings about regular 01.
  2. Re: Fragrances similar to Grey Flannel in vibe or style

    I had read NARCISCO RODRIGUEZ FOR HIM was "similar" and have it. It's got a violet aspect for sure but I would not say it's very similar.

    GREY FLANNEL is kind of a classic masculine, and I had...
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    Re: Cold, rainy night fragrance

    Yes, I would def suggest sampling. It's quite unique, and if you like it, would appreciate your sharing if and why it's a good rainy day scent.

    I don't hate it per se and it's not gross or...
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    Re: Cold, rainy night fragrance

    NARCISCO RODRIGUEZ FOR HIM has long been considered by many to "the" rainy day fragrance.

    For reasons not clear to me now, I decided to try it and wish I hadn't.

    Maybe if LA had more rainy...
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    Re: Obsession men: has the formula changed?

    Let me know when it's discontinued...

    Sorry, I know some love it. I just burned out on this one in the early 90s and one of the few scents that triggers me.
    A real jerk I worked with used to wear...
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    Re: Weight of perfume

    How "slightly" different are we talking?

    Also, curiosity is killing me... why do you weigh the bottles?
  7. Re: What’s the best Tom Ford to wear with a suit?

    It's funny I never thought about this much. Many of his scents don't seem very "suit and tie-ish" to me. But I suppose I have a pretty conservative outlook with dressing and some would disagree.
    ...
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    Re: Nicolaï (original) New York re-released?

    Haven't heard this but curious about how it would re tinkered to be more like the original if it's still IFRA compliant.
    Perhaps some new synthetics?
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    Re: Recommendations please

    You have very interesting tastes.

    A little surprised you did not like EGOISTE.

    CHANEL ANTAEUS could be worth a try.
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    Re: Questions for BN Experts

    1. I can ID a citrusy, floral, or smoky cologne but not individual scent notes. Is there any added value in ID'ing scent notes given I can easily decide which colognes I like or don't?

    Not 100%...
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    Re: boozy summer scents?

    It may depend on how "boozy" you want it to be.
    ST BARTS is very poolside margarita kind of vibe.
    GUERLAIN HOMME is very mojito.

    Neither are very potent and I'm getting a tad of an "I like 'em...
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    Re: How's Ormond Jayne? Any masterpieces?

    Masterpiece is a pretty lofty term.

    ORMAND MAN is a wonderful scent, but it may be too ordinary for what I perceive to be your preferences.
  13. Re: I think Rive Gauche PH is overrated. Is something wrong with me?

    It's nothing for you to worry about at all. If you're not inclined towards barbershop style scents, it wouldn't be special.

    It was a scent that was well done, very barbershop fougere at a time...
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    Re: TF Venetian Bergamot or Virgin Island Water?

    Never tired the TOM FORD.

    Longevity can vary, but I am personally stunned by VIW lasting power.
  15. Re: Ever bought a 'compliment monster' that failed to roar?

    Compliments for me are not frequent and generally unexpected. I think a lot of the comments about compliments come from younger men who are constantly on the prowl, and often in environments wherein...
  16. Re: At what age can one start wearing Guerlain Vetiver?

    And....that's a first here!
  17. Re: At what age can one start wearing Guerlain Vetiver?

    The varieties I run into out here smell very skunk like.
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    Re: Roja Dove Fragrances...anyone else like them?

    It's funny you mention that- it triggered a memory of when I bought ROJA FETISH. I had read about it here and went to Nieman Marcus to sample but pretty certain to purchase.

    The ROJA rep was a raw...
  19. Re: What is your favourite Issey Miyake fragrance?

    The original
  20. Re: At what age can one start wearing Guerlain Vetiver?

    I don't know how to assign an age to GUERLAIN VETIVER. When I was younger, it probably would not have been a frequent reach, but I wouldn't have shied away from it as too old fashioned or mature....
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    Re: Creed Windsor 2009 Original Release

    I bought a 50ml special CREED atomizer filled with WINDSOR back in 2009 or so. A couple of months ago, discovered that it all evaporated. Have about 5 ml left.
    Faulty atomizer I guess...

    My...
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    Re: Bought my first bottle of L'eau de issey ph

    I remember an LA model/actress gushed about it to me appx 1994 so I bought it.

    Ended up wearing it religiously for probably 4-5 years. Maybe more. I wore it a lot since a girlfriend at the time...
  23. Re: I think it's time to change perfume - Parfums de Marly?

    If you like PdM, then sure go for it.

    You say you're 49 and I think PdM is a bit "trying too hard" to be more youthful. They tend to be a bit loud and sweet for my taste.

    Having said that, I...
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    Re: Questions on Red Tobacco Mancera ?

    I've only tried two of them.

    My mature Basenoter opinion is that RED TOBACCO is loud for the sake of being strong. Very little finesse.

    OUD FOR GREATNESS is certainly aimed at FragBros but...
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    Re: Creed Tabarome Millesime thoughts

    Not sure all the possible labels/names CREED may have assigned it. I recall when I was looking at in store, it was simply called TABAROME and the newer one was TABAROME MILLESIME.

    I could be...
  26. Re: Solve this puzzle! Please Recommend... (for my husband, sandalwood/warm)

    Ahhh it would seem a simple request but I have sought same. Sandalwood is often dressed up with other stuff. A bit surprised TAM DAO is deemed "too spicy" (but the "ex" thing is loud and clear).
    ...
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    Re: What Do You Think Of Le Labo Overall?

    Part of their bad rap comes from their quasi gimmicky roots.

    Basenoters are pretty straight forward. See bottle. Sample. Like sample. Buy bottle.

    LE LABO introduced this whole "blend it right...
  28. Re: Is Atelier Cologne better than Acqua di Parma and Creed?

    I certainly prefer CREED by a lot. But I wouldn't say that any of those houses are "better." I don't know how one could make that judgement.

    It's kind of like who is the best rock band?

    They...
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    Re: Early love that is still a love

    It's a tricky one for me since most of what I really love now was either a fairly recent purchase, or something that I bought years ago that grew on me over the years.

    CHANEL EGOISTE is probably...
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    Re: Creed Tabarome Millesime thoughts

    It's not truly awful. It has a very pronounced ginger note. It's also not as "tobacco forward" as some like in a tobacco scent.

    Let us know your thoughts since you've a 100+ ml to go through.
    ...
  31. Re: A blast from the past: What were the big hyped frags when you joined Basenotes?

    Slightly true. I hate to feel I've stagnated, but my tastes do run towards some older stuff. Most of the current designer scents leave me cold...

    But it's an interesting group nevertheless. We...
  32. Re: A blast from the past: What were the big hyped frags when you joined Basenotes?

    My memories of it 2009/2010 is that were that there no vaulted CREEDS. Though some may not have been readily available (I never saw BAY RUM for example).

    Yes, many were discussed and largely...
  33. Re: A blast from the past: What were the big hyped frags when you joined Basenotes?

    2009/2010 I remember these scents were the must have for "clubbing" and got lot of chatter:

    DIOR HOMME INTENSE
    MUSC RAVAGEUR
    TOBACCO VANILLE
    PURE MALT

    PURE MALT may have gotten closest to...
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    Re: Rapid battle on a amouage blind buy.

    Just one? JUBILATION XXV

    Next up EPIC MAN
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    Re: Looking for Givenchy Gentleman Intense

    I've never seen any labeling here with "Originale." It may well be the case in Europe.

    The two bottles I show are the only two I've had experience with.
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    Re: Looking for Givenchy Gentleman Intense

    This bottle below is the version that is essentially the original version that was issued in 1974. It has been tinkered over the years but is still basically the same leather/cinnamon/civet/patchouli...
  37. Re: When a fragrance enters the "skin scent" phase, is it still perceptible to other people?

    Sorry, but I don't think anyone can realistically provide a very specific answer in terms of 1 foot, 7 inches, or 18cm or some such.
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    Re: Looking for Givenchy Gentleman Intense

    Yes, I'm sticking with what I said.

    That bottle pictured is GENTLEMAN GIVENCHY. "Gentleman" first, then "Givenchy"

    The original is GIVENCHY GENTLEMAN. "Givenchy" first, then "Gentleman."

    I...
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    Re: Looking for Givenchy Gentleman Intense

    There is no such thing as GIVENCHY GENTLEMAN INTENSE.

    GIVENCHY has played around a lot with the term "Gentleman" over the years.

    The classic that many of us love is GIVENCHY GENTLEMAN (1974)....
  40. Re: I started a FB survey regarding the sexiest male fragrance...

    The results you are getting don't surprise me at all.

    After years of being a Basenoter and discussing frags with regular "civilians," I know many of the specifics are just not tracked by a lot of...
  41. Re: Need Suggestions in Fragrance Du Bois & Tiziana Terrenzi ?

    I think TT URSA is worth a sniff. It's a hardcore patchouli/leather thing...touch of oud. It's not a frequent reach kind of scent cause it's a pretty intense wear...

    But if you like something kind...
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    Re: What are your favorite Jovoys?

    I'm happy for you on that. May be some quirk with my nose, but INCIDENT DIPLOMATIQUE was near non existent on my skin.
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    Re: What are your favorite Jovoys?

    Exact same for me.

    These three are quite distinctive scents.

    I am fascinated by them, but these JOVOYs are harder for me to mentally classify as to when best to wear them. They all have a sort...
  44. Re: When a fragrance enters the "skin scent" phase, is it still perceptible to other people?

    There's no simple easy to your question and I totally understand it.

    We are all plagued to varying degrees by olfactory fatigue. When you wear a scent, your nose tunes it out very often. Moreso...
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    Re: Old Spice Barbershop NOW OPEN

    TIDE laudromats....That's a very clever idea.
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    Re: What the heck is shower "cream"

    Probably a little for sure. If nothing else, it is somewhat psychologically comforting to use the gel then the matching EdT/EdP. One trick with the gels is to use them in your hair.
  47. Re: What's the last frag you physically scrubbed off, and when?

    I'm pretty cautious. None that I can remember. OUD INFINI was pretty intense animalic but I knew it wasn't going to last and I wasn't going anywhere so I let run its course. AMOUAGE INTERLUDE with...
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    Re: When was the clubbing fragrance invented?

    As a term, it's hard to say. Not long after online frag communities became a thing I'd guess. Mid to late 2000s?

    In practice, there have always been scents that were worn to go out clubbing though...
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    Re: New for 2021 - Creed Viking Cologne?

    The new "model" in designer land does seem to be issuing flankers, so it's not surprising really.

    Independent of the flanker technique, I am not surprised at all that they issued spin offs from...
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    Re: Penhaligon rerealising Racquets?

    Well, DANA CANOE is amazingly close. AVON WILD COUNTRY is also in the ball park.

    You're a wet shaver Pete...if you love CLUBMAN you must try DANA CANOE. It's like $22 on Amazon.
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    Re: Vintage Creed Millesime Imperial ?

    Ha...look at you! Join date 2003?!?

    That was hard to watch unfold...it went from sort or typical Basenoter enthusiasm for a scent to "get help dude" in a hurry.

    I don't remember the Pi guy...
  52. Re: FM Geranium Pour Monsieur or Bon Monsieur Rogue?

    I really haven't tested BON MONSIEUR thoroughly enough to really give a fair review, I liked the small sample, but it was indeed a bit old school, kind of barbershop.

    GERANIUM POUR MONSIEUR was a...
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    Re: Penhaligon rerealising Racquets?

    I don't think it will be "messed up" or reformulated per se, just a different scent cashing in on the name not the way it smelled.

    The original RACQUETS was sort of like a PINAUD CLUBMAN EdT. This...
  54. Thread: Classic Scent

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    Re: Classic Scent

    Good choice. Very nice scent that has stood the test of time well. POLO is also very nice, but I have my own quirks with it given that I wore it for many years in the early 80s.
  55. Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread Vol 2

    It may be a matter of "degree." The Cologneist has an enormous wardrobe and may be looking to score samples on a commensurate level.
  56. Thread: This or That

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    Re: This or That

    I have an ongoing issue with AVENTUS in that I seem to be blind to one its primary notes. I can only smell it for about 30 minutes. And I know its still there pounding from other people's input.
    ...
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    Re: Bracken Man or Beau de Jour signature

    I like both quite a bit.

    I find BEAU DE JOUR leans a bit more traditional barbershop.

    BRACKEN is more like a slightly edgy modern take on barbershop to me.

    If I could only choose one, I'd...
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    Re: Anxiety around over spraying

    Like H West, I'll stop short of calling it anxiety. But I am mindful of where I might be going. Medical appointments/dentists: something very light. Grocery store: Strap in...

    When I used to work,...
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    Re: Anxiety around over spraying

    dupe post
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    Re: Latest Louis Vuitton - On The Beach!

    How's the "sand" note? Never seen that listed before...
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    Re: Question for Xerjoff Mefisto Owners please

    I have the 30ML which looks like pic below. No tassel. Unfortunately, XERJOFF has tinkered bottle designs over past couple of years, so there may be some legit bottles out there with gray market...
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    Re: Happy National Fragrance Day USA

    Yeah, like FragranceNet needs an excuse to send emails....

    I'm all for aggressive targeted marketing, but jeesh....
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    Happy National Fragrance Day USA

    Who knew this was a thing?

    My bother (who claims allergies to frags) texted me this morning that it is National Fragrance Day. And he's right.

    I will celebrate by wearing a fragrance....
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    Re: Houses I never hear about anymore...

    Yes, as noted, I was in a patchouli mood and considering picking up BORNEO 1834 which I had sampled a bit a few years back. They had turned it into a pricey bell jar only puchase for way more than I...
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    Re: What the heck is shower "cream"

    Yes, I popped for the JUBILATION XXV shower gel awhile back and it does make the shower a real treat.

    It may all be in my head, but I think some of them marginally extend the scent a bit.

    I'm...
  66. Re: Tobacco Vanille Disciple Ready to Test the Waters

    Yes, you should run not walk to try this one.
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    Re: What the heck is shower "cream"

    For what it's worth, the MUSC RAVAGEUR shower cream is quite good. It's kind of weird to use because it really doesn't "lather up" at all. But it is effective at cleaning and does to an extent impart...
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    Re: Houses I never hear about anymore...

    CHERGUI still gets the occasional plug. AMBRE SULTAN sometimes as well. But by and large, not seeing many mentions of LUTENS. I had forgotten about their "bell jar" editions that Vanaris pointed out....
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    Re: Houses I never hear about anymore...

    They have probably technically been around quite awhile, but again, my shallow Basenoter view, they became the "go to" guys about 4-5 years ago. If feels to me like the charge was led by HEROD. I did...
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    Re: Houses I never hear about anymore...

    It is perhaps the the simplistic memory of a shallow Basenoter but in my memory, L'ARTISAN, LUTENS haven't gotten a lot of chatter in years.

    A quick check of the directory here shows about 21...
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    Re: Houses I never hear about anymore...

    L'ARTISAN released an oud in 2009. AL OUDH is more of a sweet cumin than oud. One of the few "dirty" scents I kind of enjoy.

    MALLE has two fairly recent "usual" releases: MUSIC FOR AWHILE and ROSE...
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    Re: Kouros no longer listed on YSL website

    Fair question Hugh. But a lot of odd variables involved there. I think we all kind of assume KOUROS does still sell, but perhaps not a level YSL wants to continue producing it. Maybe CARTIER has...
  73. Re: Correct sealed Roja Diaghilev box bought at Bergdorf but with Fragrance du Bois inside

    No. That's a pretty bizarre high end frag error for sure.

    Re-reading this, it sounds like you got a FRAGRANCE DU BOIS scent housed and wrapped in a branded ROJA DOVE box.
    Is that correct?

    If...
  74. Re: Tobacco Vanille Disciple Ready to Test the Waters

    Hmmmm. An interesting newbie. Nice explanation of what you like.

    You kind of like "dramatic" scents and I do too.

    Just tossing out some thoughts. Some are quasi similar to TOBACCO VANILLE....
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    Re: Kouros no longer listed on YSL website

    All the discontinuation talk caused me to buy a small backup. Just got the "white shoulders" bottle today.

    Am very pleased I gave it a a test squirt and it is still very, very KOUROS. I have an...
  76. Re: What are under the radar spring/summer winners that we should all know but few of us have tried?

    GENDARME 20 is big summer heat winner for me but I see now it's an overpriced "unicorn."

    Nice clean soapy lavender scent perfect in hot weather.
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    Re: rive gauche battle

    These are all quite different.

    The RIVE GAUCHE is very barbershop fougere with shaving cream like aroma: lavender, anise, patchouli.

    PRADA L'HOMME, INFISION D'HOMME and INFUSION DE IRIS are...
  78. Poll: Re: Which Parfum de Nicolai would you suggest me to get (along NY intense)

    Patchouli Intense is almost a poor name because it isn't all that patchouli prominent to me.

    I don't really know how to describe but I'll say this: It is STRONG.
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    Re: Vintage Creed Millesime Imperial ?

    The gold plated bottle did look cool. I'll take "Mr Vintage" word for saying it used to be stronger...true for many scents. Personally, I find the current version nice enough to not seek a vinrtage...
  80. Re: Beware the Ides of March! (March 15th.) What Fragrance type would Julius Caesar have worn ?

    Brut
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    Re: Vintage Creed Millesime Imperial ?

    I was just discovering CREED scents when it first came out and was in gold bottle.

    I didn't start wearing it until about five years ago. I don't have memories of it being "way stronger" back in...
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    Re: Help me pick a summer fragrance?

    Guerlain homme
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    Re: "I regret not blind-buying ____________."

    I've had that TABAROME flacon regret at times, but let me ask you: would you wear it a lot more if you had it?

    I've got about 50ml and it's damn good, but I don't know if I could ever see wearing...
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    Re: Green Irish Tweed alternative

    Pretty much same shape/design as now. Maybe a bit cruder and very slightly different if we compared them right next to each other. When I bought GIT in '95, it was in a matte black bottle. MILLESIME...
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    Re: "I regret not blind-buying ____________."

    I'm not sure I can really answer the query because I generally either sample or blind buy anything that really catches my eye....ummm, er nose. I recently did a study of my wardrobe and figure I'm...
  86. Re: What is your favorite blue pre bleu de Chanel and sauvage ambroxan bombs?

    Just not a fan of that style...nothing wrong or bad with them, I just don't like them.

    Though having said that, I quite oddly kind of like MOLECULE 02.
  87. Re: Le 3rd. Homme de CARON (Caron 3rd. MAN) "Oooh COME ON MAN!"

    This turned into an all time favorite for me during early days of Covid seclusion. Ten years ago I couldn't deal with it...

    One of five scents I recently backed up. And yes, costs have gone up...
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    Re: What Is Your Top Five As Of Right Now!

    Changed since a couple of days ago

    CREED BOIS DU PORTUGAL
    MALLE GERANIUM POUR MONSIEUR
    PUREDISTANCE M & BLACK (TIE)
    MALLE MUSC RAVAGEUR
    CARON 3RD MAN
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    Re: Green Irish Tweed alternative

    Not exactly the AVENTUS of its day, but sort of. Because of the internet, comparing them is a little bit apples and oranges.
    I'll give you my old Basenoter perspective and others can agree or see...
  90. Re: Aramis $80 at Macy's and Bloomindales/ $35 "On Line" What's the Catch?

    As a grizzled old Basenoter, I should be better explain or understand some of the pricing that is out there. I can't. I do grasp the fundamental concept of the gray market.

    With an old school main...
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    Re: Help choosing my next full bottle purchase.

    That is a very unique batching of scents to ask about.
    There should be a prize for that...

    Well GREEN IRISH TWEED is kind of the ultimate versatile scent. Dresses up or down easily.

    I'm...
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    Re: Latest Oriza L. Legrand - Scotch Lavander!

    Anybody try this yet?

    Big fan of lavender and Legrand is interesting company.
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    Re: Current 5 faves today

    MALLE GERANIUM POUR MONSIEUR
    CREED BOIS DU PORTUGAL
    MALLE MUSC RAVAGEUR
    CARON LE 3e HOMME
    XERJOFF ALEXANDRIA II

    Will change in three days....
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    Re: Roja Dove - Best Date Fragrance

    I like the way you roll...

    Prize fighter... hooker in back of limo.

    I gotta score a sample of GREAT BRITAIN...
  95. Re: "You see, somethings going to happen". "What ? What's going to happen ?"

    No shite!

    I've seen THE REVENANT...
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    Re: MALLE Store Trip Los Angeles

    I see you've got some of their scents already. I'd imagine you'd end up with some more for sure. Not to mention all of the ancillary stuff.

    Nuts, they have pricey robe I want...ugh
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    Re: MALLE Store Trip Los Angeles

    Yes. MALLE used to have a strong presence in Barneys NY as you likely know. I think they were there exclusively in LA for a time. For a few years they had a prominent presence in Barneys Bev hills...
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    Re: Is Chanel Allure Homme Sport Still Good?

    Now now....
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    Re: MALLE Store Trip Los Angeles

    Yes, MALLE, SANTA MARIA NOVELLA, Scent Bar and LE LABO are all within about 1 mile of each other.

    Worth noting since Scent Bar doesn't carry MALLE, I believe they have to custom order the LE LABO...
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    MALLE Store Trip Los Angeles

    Recently got a bug to try some MUSC RAVAGUER Shower Cream. The MALLE boutique in Los Angeles recently re-opened and was nearby another appointment I had so I stopped in. Parked right in front of...
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